Cutters signs new East & West Coast representation

The principals of international creative company Cutters Studios announced the immediate appointment of highly accomplished industry professionals Bobby Rowe and Sean C. Sullivan as new representatives on the U.S. East and West Coasts, respectively. CUTTERS STUDIOS MONTAGE | JANUARY 2019 ALSO READ: Cutters New York hires editor Alison Grasso Sean C. Sullivan Sullivan joins the … Continue reading “Cutters signs new East & West Coast representation”

New ‘Star Wars’ footage features “Dark Rey”

We are four months away from seeing how the 42-year-old, 9-episode Star Wars saga ends. Saturday at D23, Disney’s annual convention for all things Disney in Anaheim, saw J.J. Abrams and the cast of The Rise of Skywalker present a sneak peek of the upcoming blockbuster. Onstage to present the new footage and poster was … Continue reading “New ‘Star Wars’ footage features “Dark Rey””

‘Black Panther II’ set for May 2022 release

While Marvel Studios sorts out the Spider-man debacle between it and Sony, the production company still has lots of big news to announce at D23, being held this weekend in Anaheim. This time it was director Ryan Coogler who got to drop the news. Black Panther II, the sequel to the 2018 cultural phenomenon, will … Continue reading “‘Black Panther II’ set for May 2022 release”

Sony releases official statement re: ‘Spider-Man’

Yesterday, fanboys and girls were given a punch to the gut as news spread of Sony and Disney/Marvel ending their Spider-man partnership. Reel 360 reported that Disney wanted an even split of the gross, not content to stay at the previously agreed on 5 percent. When the two studios couldn’t reach an agreement, they parted. … Continue reading “Sony releases official statement re: ‘Spider-Man’”

Marvel and Sony end ‘Spider-Man’ partnership

What in the name of Kevin Feige? The Wrap is reporting that the booming relationship between Disney’s Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures on the Spider-Man films has come to screeching stop. The dispute is apparently over the financing of future films, a source told the online pub. The arrangement had been extremely beneficial to both … Continue reading “Marvel and Sony end ‘Spider-Man’ partnership”

‘Lion King’ is B.O. king, ‘Avengers’ tops ‘Avatar’

Even decidedly mixed reviews (54% on Rotten Tomatoes) couldn’t keep the King down. Walt Disney Studios’ live-action adaptation of the The Lion King roared its way to the top of the Weekend Box Office heap with an astounding $185 million opening weekend. This sets a new record for biggest July opening ever, biting previous record-holder … Continue reading “‘Lion King’ is B.O. king, ‘Avengers’ tops ‘Avatar’”

Marvel Studios announces ‘Phase Four’ slate

What many would call, “The Main Event” of Comic-Con finally happened. Marvel Studios’ head honcho, Kevin Feige, took the stage at massive Hall H, stood before a salivating packed house of fans and announced most of Marvel’s ‘Phase Four’ films. From the crowd’s reaction, Feige did not disappoint. He also had a few bombshells. ‘Phase … Continue reading “Marvel Studios announces ‘Phase Four’ slate”

New AR app lets you relive moon landing

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Digitas Boston and LA-based production company, UNIT9 have teamed up for a powerful film that promotes the JFK Moonshot or client The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Released by The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the interactive documentary app helps users relive … Continue reading “New AR app lets you relive moon landing”

‘Spidey’ catches audiences in its web for a 2nd weekend

Stuber what? Crawl where? Despite two new minor openings this weekend, audiences decided to stick with Sony and Marvel’s Spider-man: Far From Home and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4. The webslinger continues to swing with a $45.3 million second weekend total, a respectable 51% drop. Globally, the second installment of Tom Holland in the MCU, and … Continue reading “‘Spidey’ catches audiences in its web for a 2nd weekend”

Wunderman Thompson unleashes new Exec team

Wunderman Thompson announced today the appointment of its New York executive leadership team. This new team brings together end-to-end capabilities that will help drive growth for its clients and people by delivering breakthrough creativity, data insights and emerging technology to reset customer experiences. The newly appointed leadership team will all report to Joe Crump, CEO, … Continue reading “Wunderman Thompson unleashes new Exec team”

‘Phoenix’ goes up in flames, ‘Pets’ not much better

Call it “sequel-itis.” Call it mediocre moviemaking. Call it ambivalence because of moving to Disney/Marvel. Whatever the reason, the final film in the 20th Century Fox X-Men (or ‘Fox-Men’) universe ended with a whimper as Dark Phoenix landed at the weekend box office with a resounding THUD. Consider this. Although Dark Phoenix was sold as … Continue reading “‘Phoenix’ goes up in flames, ‘Pets’ not much better”

Even with awful reviews ‘Dark Phoenix’ set to rise at B.O.

Fox’s Dark Phoenix, the last of the 18-year-old X-Men saga, is currently on track to take the top spot at the worldwide box office with a $170 million-plus debut. Roughly 50% of that projection is based on an estimated $120 million overseas debut, mostly coming from China. Tracking indicates the X-Men film will earn $50M-$60M. … Continue reading “Even with awful reviews ‘Dark Phoenix’ set to rise at B.O.”

Patty Jenkins teases ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ poster

In exactly one year from yesterday, Princess Diana, played by Gal Gadot, will return to theaters in Wonder Woman 1984. While much of the sequel’s plot is currently under wraps, we do know Gal Gadot’s titular heroine will come into conflict with the Soviet Union in the 1980s and face a formidable new adversary named … Continue reading “Patty Jenkins teases ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ poster”

Transform Films names Beth Fraikorn Head of Content

New York-based Transform Films has appointed Emmy award-winning film and television industry veteran Beth Fraikorn, as Head of Content, Development and Partnerships. Nick Stuart, CEO and President of Transform Films, announced this change on May 30. The move signals a more definitive push by the brand—known for producing independent, critically acclaimed documentary films—to expand into … Continue reading “Transform Films names Beth Fraikorn Head of Content”

Iger says “very difficult” to film in GA if abortion law goes

Yesterday on the Reel Chicago Facebook page, a user posted on a response to Netflix possibly pulling out of Georgia if the controversial abortion bill goes into effect. The post read, “I don’t think we will hear from *Disney…” Wrong.   Trades and news outlets are reporting that Disney CEO Bob Iger actually did weigh … Continue reading “Iger says “very difficult” to film in GA if abortion law goes”

Wendy’s new sandwiches are anything but basic

Wendy’s AOR VMLY&R has launched a tasty new spot to launch the three new sandwiches appearing on the fast food restaurant’s menu. The new menu items include the BBQ Chicken Sandwich, the Avocado BLT Chicken Sandwich, and the S’awesome Bacon Chicken Sandwich. Hell to the yeah. The :30-second spot, directed by VMLY&R’s Dummy director Harold … Continue reading “Wendy’s new sandwiches are anything but basic”

‘Avengers’ hold off ‘Detective Pikachu’ for top spot

Even with its record opening for a video game adaptation, WB’s Pokemon: Detective Pikachu still couldn’t unsnap Avengers: Endgame from the top spot for the three-day weekend. According to Boxoffice Mojo, the Disney–Marvel film dipped a little more than expected but was still able to haul in an estimated $63 million. Its domestic cume now … Continue reading “‘Avengers’ hold off ‘Detective Pikachu’ for top spot”

Audiences assemble for ‘Avengers’ shattering B.O. records

It can probably now be said that Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is not just a hit movie, it was an event like nothing we have ever seen. Earning $350 million over the weekend in the United States alone, Captain America, Tony Stark, Thor and company completely took a moljner type of hammer to the worldwide box … Continue reading “Audiences assemble for ‘Avengers’ shattering B.O. records”

‘The Tale’s’ writer/director Jennifer Fox

Documentary Filmmaker talks to Reel Chicago before her twice Emmy-nominated film The Tale plays tomorrow at Gene Siskel Film Center This Saturday, acclaimed writer/director Jennifer Fox’s haunting and fascinating 2018 film based on her real-life experiences, The Tale, will play at a P.A.X.A (Parents Against Child Sex Abuse) event at the Gene Siskel Film Center. … Continue reading “‘The Tale’s’ writer/director Jennifer Fox”